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If James Bond drove an electric car, it'd be this Aston Martin concept

Steve Dent, @stevetdent
March 5, 2015
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Bulging fenders? Check. Nubuck leather-wrapped everything? Check. V12 rumble? Ch-- oh snap. For the first time an Aston Martin, car, albeit a concept, has an all-electric powertrain instead of pistons. The Brit carmaker says the all-wheel-drive DBX Concept is "a thought starter... that envisages a world where luxury GT travel is not only stylish and luxurious, but also more environmentally responsible." Marketing buzz aside, the DBX is definitely packed with interesting tech. It has drive-by-wire electric steering, toughened, "auto-dimming" windows, heads-up displays, in-wheel motors and the piece de resistance, lithium-sulfur batteries.

Gallery: Aston Martin DBX concept car | 8 Photos

Lithium-sulfur batteries have theoretically higher energy density then lithium-ion, but suffer from stability issues -- in fact, as far as we know, they haven't even been commercialized yet. But Aston Martin said the point of the car is to "challenge conventional thinking and explore the art of the possible." It's testing the public's reaction to the DBX Concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, and says it intends to enter the AWD crossover category at some point in time, albeit not necessarily with an EV model. In any case, with a machined billet aluminum body, "black pearl chromium" paint that's supposed to mimic actual black pearls and full Nubuck leather interior, we think it might be a smidge outside our price range. For more shots, check out Autoblog's gallery.

[Image credit: Autoblog/Drew Phillips; lede]

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